How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE


…addicted to the computer device Age?…who, me?… Author Tess Karlinski nails it…

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I have the unique pleasure of visiting the fabulous author of the Violin Man’s Legacy. This is what transpired.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…speaking with all my communication cards on the table, yes, I’ll ‘fess up… this ol’ Jurassic can hardly go to the washroom without at least the Monster Martinet Mobile Phone, or the Big Bad Bully Blackberry… of course, I can control that at any time, right, Mabel…right?… right?… well, here’ s my pal, Author Teresa (Tess) Karlinski and, truth be known, I think she speaks on behalf of gazillions of us …enjoy…


The Dream Team

by Teresa (Tess) Karlinski

The Internet and all our electronic devices rule our lives. Don’t they? Computers, laptops, phones, tablets, iPods, iPads, tablets etc. [deep breath] are no longer luxuries or mere toys. We are addicted and no longer know how to live without them. Think about it.

Computers and Laptops

I started with a desktop computer, added a printer soon after, and then a scanner. They’re handy now and again. When my…

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Guilin, Day 19, Part 3 – Elephant Trunk Park

I can’t recall when our bus changed from a 12-passenger to a full sized for our tiny group of eight. (Yangshuo or Guilin?) Honest. A full-sized bus! Made us feel special I suppose. After lunch we headed to Elephant Trunk Park. It was a good day for a slow walk around but soon became boring as we stayed longer than we needed. This time, Chinese girls took a particular liking to Ernesto and begged to be photographed with him. By now we knew they like to have pictures taken with the foreigners.

Quick Facts:                           

  • Guilin is not a big city: population only about 1 Million
  • Guilin has 2 rivers and 4 lakes
  • International football academy is here
  • Strawberries and Calamondin (I think). They look like tiny oranges)
  • Lots of foreigners have come to Guilin since 1980
  • Plenty of open spaces / large parks (pay fee) and small ones (free)
  • Many nurseries along the highway / lots of peach trees
  • 90% who come, like it
  • The River Li divides the city into east and west
  • Taxi costs 10 Yuan anywhere (about $1.66 USD)
  • Garbage is collected every single day
  • Biggest pollution from cars and factories, not from garbage

  • Recycling done carefully
  • Some garbage incinerated
  • Government provides rat poison if required
  • Rats not a problem in city
  • In country, rats still eaten
  • Welfare for people who cannot work, but a tiny amount
  • Chinese (Welfare) Lottery is illegal but people buy tickets
  • Selling lottery tickets only allowed if portion goes to social / charity endeavors
  • Ticket sellers probably give just enough to stay under the radar
  • Income taxes: 5% for regular people / 10% for the rich
  • No land taxes because you don’t own the land, but must pay to renew 70-year lease
  • Farmers trust their wells because it’s free
  • Wells do not get tested at all
  • Water supplied by government / cost per amount used like in Canada

After the park we finally unloaded our luggage and checked out the new hotel. My apologies for the fuzzy pictures. The girl is from a particular ethnic minority, but I’m not sure which one.

More Quick Facts

  • Banyan Trees
  • Streets edged by Camphor trees (smell nice and keep bugs away)
  • Cannot make money in this city
  • Government pays to keep out pollution and manufacturing
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© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles (hotel courtyard)


  • Ying and Yang soup (egg white and green tea for design)
  • Dumplings
  • Panko dipped spring rolls
  • Soy and chili sauces for dipping
  • Carp with celery, water chestnuts and cucumber
  • Celery, water chestnuts and pearl onions
  • 3 large (pork balls surrounded by sliced cucumber (centre uncooked)
  • battered and spiralled eggplant
  • Batter-dipped chestnuts, deep-fried
  • White rice
  • Orange wedges in skins
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Our dinner restaurant had many rooms. The waitress wore something like Bluetooth technology and carried on a conversation with someone as she delivered food. The farther south we went, the angrier the conversations sounded.

Someone cut a piece from one (of three) of the huge pork balls for a taste. The next person cut through the centre revealing raw pork. We all looked at each other. What to do? Finally, the waitress came back serving a nearby table. We waved her over and explained about the raw meat. She continued her funning conversation in the sphere and stopped long enough to inform us it was not raw. She picked up a fork and mashed the pork ball till it flattened. “Is okay.  Is okay. Is okay.” Her voice had escalated until it sounded like yelling (maybe scolding). Smacking down the fork, she left in a huff. Needless to say, no-one touched the pork.

No doubt about it, the pace has slowed from the initial fast pace 19 days before.

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Next on April 3rd. Day 20, Part 1 – Flight to Guangzhou

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100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #172

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…when the daylight returned the king was dead…+ 100 words


Talk of War

“I forbid it!” Teeth clenched, the queen stomped from the darkening window.

“Forbid? You’ll do as I say. Romp across the country all you like; the boy stays.”

She spun to face him and thrust a crimson, talon-like nail at her husband. “The talk of war puts him in danger.”

“Nothing but talk.”

“Have it your way. I’ll save the next king alone.”

The king tossed back his head and roared. “He’s only eleven, Madam. There’s plenty of time.”

“More fool you.” She heaved the great door, elbowing past the startled guards. Don’t worry. Mother will take care of everything.

When the daylight returned, the king was dead.


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Please Share. Udo Dolz beat cancer twice and is now taking on Kilimanjaro

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I hear music and singing in my head, “Climb Every Mountain…”

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

Last week an old friend of my husband’s from his college days nearly 40 years ago came to visit with his wife. We had a tremendous time catching up and it was also a great pleasure for us girls to meet for the first time. Both of us are called Sally so no confusion after a glass or two of Rioja…


Udo told us about a huge challenge that he is undertaking in late September this year to support the charity that was there for him in the last few years. Macmillan Cancer Support.

In late 2010 I was diagnosed with two cancers and received treatment and surgery until 2013. Now, thanks to the fantastic care and support I received I am well and living a good life. This amazing challenge is my way to give something back and enable Macmillan to help more people like me to get…

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…Authors, how to enjoy a Virtual Book Launch Party in 19 hours of easy steps…

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Did you miss the launch? Tsk. Tsk.

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…it’s not sum’thing that Billy Shakespeare or Chuck Dickens ever had to contemplate… but I’ll bet they’d’ve enjoyed the experience… in this relatively new age of Insomnia-By-Internet, authors coming to the market with their masterpieces have the option of throwing Virtual Book Launch Parties

Crooked Cat Publishing

…through the auspices of Uncle Laurence and Auntie Stephanie Patterson of my book-bringers-to-market-in-chief at Crooked Cat Publishing, this ol’ Jurassic has been involved in a coupla such jamborees within weeks of each other… the first, about two months ago, saw the relaunch of SAVAGE PAYBACK… yesterday, a Friday, 13th no less, brought the other two literary siblings, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, back onto the market… and what a blast these occasions have been… of course, the invitations were sent out well in advance… pals on the Web… supporters of the Blog… fellow Cats in the publishing stable… assorted…

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Guilin: Day 19, Part 2 – Out and About

Next stop South Sea Pearl Museum

Upon arrival, we were whisked through a five-minute presentation about the colour of pearls. Glassy-eyed, the husbands trailed behind. A runway fashion show followed with five formally dressed beauties displaying pearl earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Afterwards, we were whisked through double-doors into the salesroom with a flourish. The room was divided into three sections: good, medium, and best. One of the ladies in our group bought river pearls for 1,500 Yuan (about $250.00 USD.

Quick Facts:

  • Fresh water pearls are an irregular shape (not round)
  • Sea water pearls always round, only white, black and gold
  • Lots of iron in the water = black colour
  • Lots of copper in the water = purple, pink
  • Chinese females don’t wear gold pearls as they don’t look good against their skin colour
  • North Americans wear pink, white and black

The store glittered with enough brilliance to blind a stone statue. Hordes of sales staff—all young females—materialized out of nowhere. A sales assistant seemed to be available for every person through the door. The French group had arrived ahead of us and were already engaged in energetic persuasion. I wasn’t interested in pearls and wandered about, but returned to the front of the room where the husbands waited. An bar stool, facing the sales floor, presented an empty seat. I climbed on, a latte and wine bar at my elbow. Free? Not a chance. A convenient price list (in English) hung in full view. I’m grateful I wasn’t thirsty and didn’t bother checking out the prices.

Health Care:

  • A combination of Chinese and Western medicine
  • Western Medicine is faster
  • Chinese medicine has no side effects (so it’s thought)
  • You never want to drink the ‘healthy’ soup (I heard it’s worse than what ails you)


  • Corn soup (the most delicious from all others since arrival in China)
  • Chili and soy sauces
  • Rice with corn, pieces of carrot and egg
  • Celery and chestnuts, stir fried
  • Sweet and sour chicken with chunks of tomato wedges
  • Hot beef with green peppers and onions in a skillet (awesome)
  • Spring rolls
  • Bamboo chicken ( deep fried, on stick, spicy and delish)
  • Eggplant with tomato wedges and green peppers
  • Soft cooked (egg?) noodles with slivered red peppers and green (?) leaf and stalk vegetable
  • Watermelon slices
  • Tea
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Today the plates are the largest we’ve had for any meal; bigger than a saucer and larger than a bread-and-butter-plate. Lots of oil used as in most all dishes and restaurants in China, but most delicious lunch I’ve had since arriving in China. Again, I’m stuffed, having scooped only one spoonful of each of the offerings.

After lunch, and for the first time, a liquor  was offered at 14 Yuan a shot glass (approximately $2.30 USD), but there were no takers. As well, a bit later, ice-cream and cappuccino were offered. Carolyn thought it was free so she ordered one of each. It turns out it wasn’t free. She turned it down and no-one else was interested either.


When your wife catches you with another woman, you are completely finished.

If your wife likes to shop a lot, you are finished completely.

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On March 20th:  No posting (on March Break)

Next up on March 27th:  Guilin, Day 19, Part 3 – Elephant Trunk Park

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